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Biography

Who is Shauna:
Shauna lived in southern and eastern Ontario until the age of 21, when she moved to Banff, Alberta. She expected to only stay in Alberta for about 6 months, but ended up staying for over 8 years. She met her husband there in 2006, they married in Las Vegas in 2010, and moved to Winnipeg in the fall of 2013 with their 2 cats Mr Vegas and Miss Money Penny (Penny for short). They bought their first house in December 2014 and have been busy with making it their own.

Shauna has been with Great Canadian Travel since October 2013, and works as a Travel Consultant, specializing in the Top of the World, especially Iceland.

What are Shauna’s TOP 5 Travel experiences

  • Crossing the Arctic Circle on Grimsey Island off the north coast of Iceland. There were thousands of puffins, and less than 100 people (including inhabitants!) on the island. Incredible experience!
  • Valley of Fire State Park in Nevada. We spent the whole day in the park, exploring the rock formations, and we didn’t see another person the entire day. It was other-worldly.
  • Los Haitises National Park in remote northern Dominican Republic viewing hundreds of birds, dolphins and manatees. The number of visitors to this National Park is limited on a daily basis.
  • Wieliczka Salt Mine in Krakow. 1000 feet underground, there is a large scale carving of Leonardo’s ‘The Last Supper’, carved entirely from salt!
  • Attending the Ceremony of the Keys at the Tower of London. This ceremony has been happening daily for over 700 years! Only about 50 people daily are allowed to view this secretive ceremony.

What is Shauna’s closing comment:
‘Travelling leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.”  The way a favourite destination or travel experience brings a smile to a person’s face when they think or talk about it – that is why I love what I do.


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Sunday, January 1, 2017

Why Cruise Iceland?

Iceland is considered one of the world’s hottest international destinations right now for several reasons:

1.  Safety. Iceland comes out on top on most lists of safest places to visit worldwide.
2.  Nature. Iceland has it all –  pristine coastlines, glaciers and volcanoes galore. Hiking, kayaking and taking in the incredible views are among many ways to experience this land of contrasts.  
It’s easy to get to. With several airlines offering flights to Iceland from an ever increasing number of gateways getting this is easier than before.  Airfares are competitively prices, with advance purchase and seat sale fares often on offer.

Why take an Iceland ProCruises trip?

1.  Iceland is a maritime country. Cruises allow you to see the country as the early explorers did (but much more comfortably) – arriving at ports by sea and then going inland to explore.
2.  There is a major hotel shortage in Iceland, especially in smaller villages and towns.   Last year, hotel space was basically “sold out” by the middle of February for the period May to September.  This year we started getting sold out messages in late December.  Think of your cruise ship as a floating hotel!  You have a room that you return to each evening, only unpack once, maximizing your sightseeing time.  You will arrive in the ports early in the morning and then you have a wide range of optional activities to enjoy the area. 
3.  You can be as active (or inactive) as you like.  Optional excursions range from kayaking, whale watching, hiking, fishing, horseback riding and golfing to bus tours, some with a special focus such as a Viking Sushi tasting and visiting local museums.
4.  Who doesn’t want to travel with Vikings? Iceland ProCruises is proudly Icelandic owned! Their guides are passionate about their country and everything Iceland (and Greenland). There’s nothing better than local knowledge to enhance your experience and make your trip the best it can be.

 

Friday, August 19, 2016

Northern Lights or Fireworks?

It could be both! New Year’s Eve in Reykjavík and, indeed, throughout Iceland, is a crackerjack of a holiday!

If you would like to go somewhere special for New Year’s but also want to do some Northern Lights hunting, look no further.  Think Iceland!

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Monday, June 27, 2016

#1 Concern about Going on a Cruise?

You guessed it – seasickness!

Yes, it can certainly put a damper on your cruise vacation.  Although not fatal, it’s still not pleasant and is the #1 reason people choose against cruising on their vacations.

Seasickness, as with all kinds of motion sickness, is theorized to be a result of the disorientation caused by the natural desire of our body to remain in balance (a function of our brain working with our eyes and our ears) competing with the motion of the moving object we are in (car, bus, ship).

If this is the technical cause or not, being in a car or bus that is travelling on winding roads and up and down hills, or on a rough and rocking sea, can leave some travellers feeling under the weather and less than their best.  Oddly enough, there are others who don’t feel the effects at all, no matter what!

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